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Meeting Our Community's Needs In Times Of Crisis

The Y is so much more than a gym. We are a connected community and service organization that has served the metro Atlanta area for more than 160 years. Now in the face of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, the Y is committed to adapting our programs-as we have throughout our history-to meet the most pressing needs of Atlanta's children, seniors, and families. The needs we are serving today are urgent.

We have mobilized our staff, facilities and partners to launch three specific initiatives that will be crucial in the coming weeks:

• As most early learning and afterschool programs have closed in response to the coronavirus, we have activated a childcare program that serves children ages six weeks to 12 to support essential hospital staff, first responders, and Frontline workers (law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, etc.) who must continue working.

• Leveraged partnerships to provide meals for 6,000 families weekly through hunger relief efforts, including grab and go meals, backpacks and food pantry services.

• Because Y facilities are often a home away from home for seniors, we have implemented Operation REACH to connect with and engage our more than 6,000 seniors and vulnerable groups during this difficult time, offering resources and support to keep them safe and
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Now, more than ever, the Y relies on the generous support of our philanthropic partners and supporters, and funding from the community will have an immediate impact on the lives of the children and first responders who need our support. Through these essential services, we can help serve those who need us most during these difficult times, ensuring our community stays healthy and safe.

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